Anne Pino


This paper gives a fresh new perspective on James Joyce’s classic short story "Eveline". "Eveline" is read and analyzed through a fairytale lens and compared to the classic Disney princess Cinderella. This comparison provides perspective on gender roles, Irish oppression, and the purpose of Eveline’s ultimate paralysis. Garnering support from critics Gary Leonard, Margot Norris, and Maxwell Uphaus, this paper serves to evaluate the importance of symbols and allegory in the text. The most important symbols that relate "Eveline" to a dejected Irish princess are the lack of parental support, dust, and prince charming meant to rescue the main character. This paper also covers why the comparison to Disney's Cinderella specifically and how this short story translates to represent Irish oppression and colonization under British Imperialism.